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Forum topic by jasonallen posted 01-08-2015 10:55 PM 1628 views 0 times favorited 21 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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jasonallen

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01-08-2015 10:55 PM

After being a member of LJs for quite awhile now I have noticed that almost every time someone posts a project and includes the price of their lumber I am shocked at how much they paid. I have had some of my own logs milled and have also bought lumber in the past. Lately I have paid $0.43 per board foot to have lumber milled, and $1.50 per board ft for the lumber I have purchased. (This is in NE Kansas) This price was for red oak, white oak, and eastern red cedar. All lumber milled to 5/4, rough cut, not straight edged. When I have purchased lumber I am only charged for what the seller deems “usable” lumber. He basically thinks that lumber anywhere near a knot or crack is useless. Since I am more than willing to work right up to “bad spots” I have concluded that I am actually getting that lumber for about $1 per bd/ft.

I am curious about what other people are actually paying for lumber and where you are getting it.

-- Skill and confidence are an unconquered army.


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#1 posted 01-08-2015 11:25 PM

depends on the species… I’ve bought lots of red oak at $.50/bf, ash for $1.00/bf, hard maple for $1.10 b/f, walnut for $2.20/bf. I also buy my lumber rough, and usually straight from the mill or from craigslist finds.

I am fortunate to have a sawmill right across the street from my house, and I am happy to buy his irregular lots (got sassafras for $.25/bf once.

exotics are a different story. gotta shop around for those, but there are deals to be found.

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#2 posted 01-08-2015 11:29 PM

Depends on the lumber you use. If you have the capabilities to use rough lumber, and you can get lumber that you like cheaply, then you make out pretty well as you have found out.

In my case, the lumber that I can get for under $3/bdft, I usually don’t like at all. I personally do not like oak at all, so I don’t use it. I do my best to find cheap Walnut, but it’s not exactly native in Seattle area, so it is difficult to find it lower than the nominal $7/bdft that dealers are charging. When it pops up private party for <$4/bdft or so, I buy all I can afford.

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#3 posted 01-08-2015 11:37 PM

Equivalent of 1.75 US dollars a BF, 5/4 cherry, 8/4 walnut. Quite rough from country sawyer, but good wood long and well air dried. Exotics and S4S are crazy expensive in Europe, though. So I have the word out for local “exotics”- elm, apple, pear and will pay about 3 bucks a BF for those. Got s little pear for free, nice!

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#4 posted 01-09-2015 01:47 AM

In the Seattle area good hardwood is way more expensive than you are paying. My local Rockler store is selling many exotics for $10.00 and up. I consider knotty cherry @ $2.00 / BF a total steal, see my tool cabinet blog for what that cherry looks like. I had to drive 95 miles and deal with a guy that was ‘floating’ on maryjane to score this wood..

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#5 posted 01-09-2015 01:50 AM

You are lucky to live in a hardwood region. I can’t get poplar for $1.50/bf.

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#6 posted 01-09-2015 02:03 AM

Very expensive here in CO. Even sawmills charge $4/bf for rough maple, $6/bf for walnut. I wish I could get lumber at your prices.

-- Allen, Colorado

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txn

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#7 posted 01-09-2015 02:40 AM

I pay 4.50 for hard maple s3s and 7.50 for walnut 4/4

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#8 posted 01-09-2015 03:38 AM

In the Chicagoland area prices are higher. I’m usually paying around $3.00 a board foot for 4/4 oak or maple. Cherry is a little higher and walnut closer to $7.

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#9 posted 01-09-2015 05:28 AM

I’d kill for 50 cents a board foot for oak. Unfortunately it costs a bit more when you have to buy your lumber retail.

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#10 posted 01-09-2015 05:49 AM



In the Seattle area good hardwood is way more expensive than you are paying. My local Rockler store is selling many exotics for $10.00 and up. I consider knotty cherry @ $2.00 / BF a total steal, see my tool cabinet blog for what that cherry looks like. I had to drive 95 miles and deal with a guy that was floating on maryjane to score this wood..

- exelectrician

While I do visit the Northgate Rockler on a somewhat regular basis, it is extremely rare that I buy wood there. At the very least, if you can’t find lumber on craigslist, go to Crosscut down in SODO. Decent prices and good selection there. Plus Woodcraft is just down the road if you need anything.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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Purrmaster

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#11 posted 01-10-2015 12:28 AM

Crosscut Hardwoods is where I go for my lumber. Prices are certainly better than Rockler or Woodcraft.

If anyone goes there take a look at their common walnut and their common/natural cherry. I can usually find boards with good color and the defects really aren’t that bad. Their soft/western maple they call “Pacific coast maple” and isn’t horribly expensive either.

But I’m afraid you won’t find any oak for 50 cents a board foot.

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#12 posted 01-10-2015 12:33 AM

I think the answer is that you are lucky. There a lot of places across the country where there simply isn’t any wood to be had, much less trees to cut down on your land and have milled. I pay about $5/bdft for cherry and about $7.50/bdft for walnut. Next time I buy lumber for a personal project, I am going to head to East Texas and get wood from a sawmill.

I think you are in a good region as far as availability goes. Most of us aren’t so lucky.

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#13 posted 01-10-2015 12:46 AM

Where in North east Kansas are you buying lumber. i was at kansas hardwoods in Belvue Ks. yesterday & bought hard maple for $2.90. It is very nice lumber.I’ve got a barn full of Walnut and oak I’ve had milled from my own property . I wish i could find wood cut 5/4 . My miller guy will only cut it 4/4 or 8/4

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#14 posted 01-10-2015 05:19 AM

Up here managed to get some Birch for $1.00 a board foot but paid $80.00 a bd/ft for some Olivewood from Israel! Common woods like Maple or Oak about $4.00 .

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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jasonallen

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#15 posted 01-10-2015 05:52 AM

I buy from a guy in Meriden. He has an old stationary band saw mill and several barns stacked full of lumber. Some of it in better shape than others. He is hard to track down or get a hold of. He lives across from the high school, hard to miss it, old house lots of lumber stacked around. Or I’m told you can find him at the VFW most nights. His name is Frank, not real sure on the last name.
I prefer to have my lumber milled by Tom the Sawyer from Eudora. You can find him at www.tomthesawyer.net

-- Skill and confidence are an unconquered army.

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